Take a break from the slopes

Recommendations from the hotel directors

You can go skiing in Zermatt any time of year. But there is so much more to discover. Here are a few insider tips. Some traditional, some unconventional, but always with the aim of providing a unique experience. And a few old familiar favourites, too, because those things can also make us happy.


A tour of Zermatt at 2 HP

The horses snort gently, a flick from the coachman and, with a slight start, you’re off on an exclusive 30-minute carriage ride through Zermatt. Price: CHF 30.00 per person; minimum price: CHF 120.00; up to 8 persons. Reservation at the Zermatterhof: +41 27 966 66 00.

A shopping excursion

The shops on Bahnhofstrasse in Zermatt offer a variety of international brands, everything from sparkling jewels to functional sports equipment, as well as Swiss chocolate and typical Zermatt souvenirs. After all, wouldn’t your friends and family at home enjoy a small gift from your trip?

A walking tour through the village

The old village of Zermatt begins just beside the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. The houses, barns and granaries are immersed in history. With our detailed guide of the tour (approx. 1.5 hours), you can discover Zermatt at your own pace.

A trip back in time

In 1865, the first ascent of the Matterhorn captivated the imagination of the world. Triumph, tragedy and the start of Zermatt’s transformation from a small mountain village to an internationally renowned holiday destination. You can learn more about this historical event at the Matterhorn Museum Zermatlantis.

Clay pigeon shooting

You will shoot using a real Fausti shotgun, albeit one that has been converted to infrared technology, making it completely safe. The reusable clay pigeons are equipped with receptors and are fired from high-quality traps. Different games for beginners and experts.

Up in the sky high above Zermatt

A sightseeing flight over the majestic Matterhorn and the other magnificent peaks in the Valais Alps is an unforgettable experience. Especially when you can also take in breathtaking views of rugged glaciers. Air Zermatt also flies special routes on request.

Eye to eye with the Matterhorn

From the Gornergrat, you can enjoy an unobstructed view of 29 peaks that are all at least 4000 metres above sea level, including the Matterhorn, the mountain of mountains! In short: the Gornergrat is a place that you have to experience at least once in your life – or, even better, a few times a year!

A gourmet adventure

An aperitif and hors d’oeuvres at 3100 metres above sea level, an exquisite three-course meal at around 2500 metres above sea level, and a delicious dessert and coffee at around 2200 metres above sea level. Tip: for a truly indulgent experience with the gourmet ticket, start with your aperitif and hors d’oeuvres before 11 a.m.

Ice stock sport

Ice stock sport, also known as Bavarian curling, is similar to curling, but has its own unique rules and, most importantly, a long history as a local pastime in areas where the rivers and lakes freeze in the winter. There are team competitions as well as distance and target competitions. No matter how you play, one thing is certain: ice stock sport is fun! (And curling too, of course.)